Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Blake Williams: Top 20 Films of 2017

31 December 2017

Blake Williams: Top 20 Films of 2017, as submitted to the annual collection of Lists Curated by Toronto Film Review

  1. Twin Peaks: The ReturnDavid Lynch
  2. Delphi FallsMary Helena Clark
  3. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of ArcBruno Dumont
  4. Mrs. HydeSerge Bozon
  5. Rose GoldSara Cwynar
  6. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  7. Onward Lossless FollowsMichael Robinson
  8. Strangely Ordinary This DevotionDani Leventhal and Sheilah Wilson
  9. Big Little LiesJean-Marc Vallée
  10. The Wandering Soap OperaRaoul Ruiz and Valeria Sarmiento
  11. Turtles Are Always HomeRawane Nassif
  12. Nathan for You: Finding FrancesNathan Fielder
  13. Faces PlacesAgnès Varda and JR
  14. Pumpkin MovieSophy Romvari
  15. 24 FramesAbbas Kiarostami
  16. PixillationAnne Charlotte Robertson
  17. Once There Was BraziliaAdirley Queirós
  18. IdizwadidizIsiah Medina
  19. ScaffoldKazik Radwanski
  20. R-15Kevin Jerome Everson

Paste: 50 Best Movies of 2017

31 December 2017

Paste Magazine: 50 Best Movies of 2017

[see also 2018, 2015]

  1. Get OutJordan Peele
  2. DunkirkChristopher Nolan
  3. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  4. Blade Runner 2049Denis Villeneuve
  5. A Ghost StoryDavid Lowery
  6. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  7. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  8. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  9. RawJulia Ducournau
  10. The Shape of WaterGuillermo del Toro
  11. OkjaBong Joon-ho
  12. Personal ShopperOlivier Assayas
  13. It Comes at NightTrey Edward Shults
  14. Good TimeBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  15. Star Wars: The Last JediRian Johnson
  16. The Lost City of ZJames Gray
  17. Thor: RagnarokTaika Waititi
  18. mother!Darren Aronofsky
  19. Wonder WomanPatty Jenkins
  20. Baby DriverEdgar Wright
  21. The Killing of a Sacred DeerYorgos Lanthimos
  22. LoganJames Mangold
  23. ColossalNacho Vigalondo
  24. GraduationCristian Mungiu
  25. The Disaster ArtistJames Franco
  26. I, TonyaCraig Gillespie
  27. ItAndy Muschietti
  28. LovelessAndrey Zvyagintsev
  29. Spider-Man: HomecomingJon Watts
  30. War for the Planet of the ApesMatt Reeves
  31. A Dark SongLiam Gavin
  32. John Wick: Chapter 2Chad Stahelski
  33. Girls TripMalcolm D. Lee
  34. Faces PlacesAgnès Varda and JR
  35. The OrnithologistJoão Pedro Rodrigues
  36. Whose Streets?Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis
  37. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriMartin McDonagh
  38. BPM (Beats Per Minute)Robin Campillo
  39. ColumbusKogonada
  40. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2James Gunn
  41. My Happy FamilyNana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß
  42. The PostSteven Spielberg
  43. Casting JonBenetKitty Green
  44. Professor Marston and the Wonder WomenAngela Robinson
  45. Marjorie PrimeMichael Almereyda
  46. The LureAgnieszka Smoczynska
  47. NocturamaBertrand Bonello
  48. Brawl in Cell Block 99S. Craig Zahler
  49. After the StormHirokazu Kore-eda
  50. A Cure for WellnessGore Verbinski

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2017

30 December 2017

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2017

[see also 2018, 2015, 2011]

  1. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  2. Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
  3. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  4. SlowdiveSlowdive
  5. Wolf AliceVisions of a Life
  6. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  7. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  8. Grizzly BearPainted Ruins
  9. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  10. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  11. Broken Social SceneHug of Thunder
  12. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  13. SpoonHot Thoughts
  14. The HorrorsV
  15. Charlotte GainsbourgRest
  16. Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileLotta Sea Lice
  17. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  18. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  19. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  20. AlvvaysAntisocialites
  21. Big ThiefCapacity
  22. Rose Elinor DougallStellular
  23. Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlisterPlanetarium
  24. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  25. Jay SomEverybody Works
  26. Wolf ParadeCry Cry Cry
  27. FoxygenHang
  28. King KruleThe OOZ
  29. Kelly Lee OwensKelly Lee Owens
  30. FeistPleasure
  31. BjörkUtopia
  32. Fever RayPlunge
  33. Future IslandsThe Far Field
  34. ElbowLittle Fictions
  35. Yumi ZoumaWillowbank
  36. AlgiersThe Underside of Power
  37. Jens LekmanLife Will See You Now
  38. Girl RayEarl Grey
  39. The xxI See You
  40. Midnight SisterSaturn Over Sunset
  41. The New PornographersWhiteout Conditions
  42. Marika HackmanI’m Not Your Man
  43. ProtomartyrRelatives in Descent
  44. Mount KimbieLove What Survives
  45. BedouineBedouine
  46. Alex LaheyI Love You Like a Brother
  47. Phoebe BridgersStranger in the Alps
  48. Chilly Gonzales & Jarvis CockerRoom 29
  49. Baxter DuryPrince of Tears
  50. GoldfrappSilver Eye
  51. SZACtrl
  52. Kevin MorbyCity Music
  53. TemplesVolcano
  54. WaxahatcheeOut in the Storm
  55. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  56. LordeMelodrama
  57. Godspeed You! Black EmperorLuciferian Towers
  58. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
  59. RideWeather Diaries
  60. Kirin J CallinanBravado
  61. alt-JRELAXER
  62. ThundercatDrunk
  63. Zola JesusOkovi
  64. SamphaProcess
  65. Ted Leo and the PharmacistsThe Hanged Man
  66. Dirty ProjectorsDirty Projectors
  67. Nick HakimGreen Twins
  68. GrandaddyLast Place
  69. PhoenixTi Amo
  70. The Afghan WhigsIn Spades
  71. Jessie WareGlasshouse
  72. Julie ByrneNot Even Happiness
  73. Jane WeaverModern Kosmology
  74. Madeline KenneyNight Night At the First Landing
  75. Destroyerken
  76. DeerhoofMountain Moves
  77. Sharon Jones & The Dap-KingsSoul of a Woman
  78. TrickyUnuniform
  79. The Weather StationThe Weather Station
  80. British Sea PowerLet the Dancers Inherit the Party
  81. girlpoolPowerplant
  82. Saint EtienneHome Counties
  83. AustraFuture Politics
  84. The Mountain GoatsGoths
  85. Nadine ShahHoliday Destination
  86. PriestsNothing Feels Natural
  87. MogwaiEvery Country’s Sun
  88. Beach FossilsSomersault
  89. The Flaming LipsOczy Mlody
  90. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 3
  91. Blanck MassWorld Eater
  92. PondThe Weather
  93. Little DragonSeason High
  94. Kamasi WashingtonHarmony of Difference
  95. Mac DeMarcoThis Old Dog
  96. Cut CopyHaiku From Zero
  97. Sondre LerchePleasure
  98. FazerdazeMorningside
  99. EMAExile In the Outer Ring
  100. This Is the KitMoonshine Freeze

Nictate: Top 10 Films of 2017

30 December 2017

Nictate: Top 10 Films of 2017, as posted to Letterboxd

[see also 2018, 2016, 2015]

  1. Personal ShopperOlivier Assayas
  2. A Ghost StoryDavid Lowery
  3. The SquareRuben Östlund
  4. The BeguiledSofia Coppola
  5. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  6. Good TimeBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  7. RawJulia Ducournau
  8. Thirst StreetNathan Silver
  9. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  10. NocturamaBertrand Bonello

Esquire: Best TV Shows of 2017

30 December 2017

Esquire: Best TV Shows of 2017

[see also 2018]

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return
  2. Big Little Lies
  3. The Handmaid’s Tale
  4. The Good Place
  5. The Leftovers
  6. Master of None
  7. The Deuce
  8. The Vietnam War
  9. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  10. At Home with Amy Sedaris
  11. GLOW
  12. The Crown
  13. Mr. Robot
  14. Better Call Saul
  15. This Is Us
  16. Mindhunter
  17. Will & Grace
  18. The Punisher
  19. Legion
  20. The Good Fight
  21. American Gods
  22. Game of Thrones
  23. Feud: Bette and Joan
  24. Girls
  25. Riverdale